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My friend Leigh over at Liable to Change tagged me, so as per being tagged, I am supposed to write 6 random things about myself. I’m trying to come up with random things you might not already know about me, but that’s hard but here’s my attempt!

1. My parents are still married to one another. In today’s society, that kind of makes me a minority. Most of the people that are my age, their parents are divorced. I know of a few other people my age who’s parents are still married.

2. Speaking of family, I only have one sibling – a brother named Andy. He lives a few hours away and gets to travel a lot for work. Noah’s middle name is after my brother and they are great buddies. Noah really looks up to his Uncle and Andy is sweet and brings Noah things whenever he goes somewhere neat. I think Noah’s favorite thing was the pictures of the baby rhinos Andy emailed him from San Diego.

3. I love any type of reality television. I’m not crazy about Survivor, but love Big Brother, The Apprentice, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, etc… (And even a few that I am embarrassed to admit that I watch!)

4. And I also love Food Network! I guess that is actually a form of reality TV too though, eh? I LOVE Paula Dean although her food isn’t the healthiest, she is a hoot to watch. I really like Rachel Ray too but most of her food is to spicey for me or too weird for J! The person who’s food I cook the most though is Sandra Lee from Semi Homemade. I love that it looks so pretty but really takes no time at all!

5. I was born and lived in Mississippi until I was 11. My Dad got a new job and we moved to the Carolinas not long after my 11th birthday.

6. I love to read. My Mom taught me to read when I was younger so when I was in the first grade, I skipped up a reading level. When I was younger, I could speed read. My Mom used to buy us books to read on the car ride to or from Mississippi and she’d have to put them up from me so I didn’t read them. The Babysitters Club were my favorite as a middle schooler! Nowadays though, I love to read books like the Chicken Soup for the Soul series as they are little short stories and since I don’t have huge blocks of time to read like I used to, I can read a short story and then put the book down and pick it up again when I have more time to read later on.

Ok, so now I am tagging the following:
Jen at Team Hulbert
Nicole at Holding on to Every Moment




I’m here, still alive, just SUPER BUSY! Between the cards I make for Heartmark Designs and preparing for the Birthmother’s Day event that BIrthMom Buds is hosting this weekend as well as all my normal day stuff as a wife, Mom, and writer, I really haven’t had time to sit and blog which stinks because it is very therapuetic for me. I have some craft things as well as some Noah related things to share as soon as I have time. When things calm down a bit though, I will catch up!

The blog got a face lift today! What do ya think? I’m not 100 percent happy with it yet, but I’m tired so it will do for now and I’ll probably continue to tweak and play in the days to come.

It is nice and springy though, since it is officially spring now, whether it feels like it or not!

balloons2.gifDid you find this blog from the 5 Minutes for Moms Blog party list?? If so, that probably means like to party too, eh? This is the first year I have participated in one of the 5 Minutes for Moms Blog Parties so I guess that makes me a blog party virgin, doesn’t it?!? So welcome, if it is your first time here!

If you haven’t guessed by the title of this blog yet, I’m Coley. I’m Super Mom to Noah, an 11 year old little boy. Noah has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and is such a blessing in our lives! I never knew how much love my heart could hold until I heard that little boy call me Momma! I’m also a birthmom and an angel Mom. I live in the south, originally hailing from Mississippi.

I work from home by writing and doing other things in the adoption community. I began blogging over a year ago when I became a “professional” blogger writing about unplanned pregnancies and open adoption. I enjoy blogging so much that I finally decided to start a personal blog so I’d have a place to talk about things other than adoption. I talk about special needs children here a good bit as well as use it as a place to rant and reflect on my life and worldy events.

In what little spare time I have, I love writing, blogging, photography, crafting, and spending time with my family and friends. Leave me a comment with your blog URL, so I can come “meet” you and if you are regular reader yet have no clue what this blog party business is all about, go here to learn more.

16brooke.jpgI love American Idol and usually get into it each year. This year though I didn’t pay too much attention to it until they got down to the final top 12 contestants which was this week, so on Tuesday night I tuned in and watched the Top 12 compete for votes as they sang songs from Lennon McCartney Songbook.

I think I have a favorite: Brooke White! I already kind of liked her; she reminds me a great deal of Carrie Underwood. But, when she sat down at the piano and sang “Let it Be” I knew she was my favorite. Noah really liked her too – he likes it anytime he gets to watch someone play the piano!

Another one of the Idols sang while playing the guitar. I really like that they are letting them do things like that this year. It gives you more of an idea of what you might see from them if they “make it big.”

If you follow celebrity gossip, you may have heard that Patrick Swayze has pancreatic cancer! I feel sad for this person that I don’t even know.

It also makes me feel old! Dirty Dancing, which is probably the movie that Patrick Swayze is most know for. came out in 1987. I was in the fifth grade and LOVED the movie. I mean come on, what girl my age didn’t at that time? Hot guy, pretty girl, romance, and dancing! The hairstyle that “Baby” (Jennifer Grey’s character in the movie) became really popular at that time and I already had my hair in that sort of bob style. That summer, I lived at the neighborhood pool in cut off jean shorts – just like Baby in the movie wore. I think I sorta resembled Baby at that age too – or at least I thought I did. I do remember that coming up into conversation at the pool with the neighborhood kids a time or two.

I, like many girls, had a huge crush on the dancing heart throb. I had a few pictures of him hanging on the wall in the dormer part of my room. I had a lot of blank space in the dormer of my room so that wall became the “wall of stars” and I put up posters of pictures of cute guys from my Teen Beat (haha!) magazine which included Patrick, Kirk Cameron, Scott Baio (who’s 46 and pregnant!), the Coreys, Ricky Schroder, and I’m really sure I’m forgetting others! So it just makes me feel old to think about one of the guys I had a huge childhood crush on has cancer!

Some of you out there reading, may know that I have a line of cards that I make for Birthmom’s Day. I started screen-shot-of-site2.jpgdoing this about three years ago. Making the cards is fun and takes some creativity. They usually sell pretty well so life gets kind of hectic at this time of the year.

I have been working hard the past few days trying to get everything ready so I could re-open Heartmark Designs on March 1st. I’ve added 10 new cards to the Bmoms Day line. I also added some new things to the site this year! Like a new page with cards (that were requested!) that are appopriate for birthmothers to give their children’s adoptive mother as well as a page with a few small gifts.

I invite you to check out Heartmark Designs!

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